The Tuesday View, April.

Planting up the rockery is making me feel that I ought to keep some sort of record of the changes I’m making in that area, so I am going to join in with Cathy’s meme of The Tuesday View. It probably won’t be every week, as I don’t think there will be enough changes, but as soon as there are any changes I will share them with you.

The view at the moment of the sunny side of the rockery, with the scree in front.

The Aubretia are still waiting to be planted, having shown them to you will make me get on and plant them.

I have to improve the soil at the top of the rockery and make sure that any excess water will drain away quite quickly on this, the sunny side.

There’s a bit of weeding to be done as well before I can improve the soil.

Heucheras are starting to grow their new foliage amongst all the flowers..

The Japanese Azalea makes a lovely splash of colour by the steps.

This is the shady side of the rockery. Prunus KoJo no mai has grown taller than I thought it would but there are quite a few plants that like the conditions this side.

This is where I’m up to with the tidying, there is such a lot of ivy to be removed here, before I can plant more.shade loving plants.

Earlier this year I planted cyclamen coum under the shrubs and they will soon be joined by some wild snowdrops when I split my larger clumps. This means that there should be interest from January onwards in this area. Lots of bulbs have already flowered, so now I’m having to think of what would like to live here for the summer and autumn.

Thank you Cathy for hosting this meme, I will join in whenever there are any changes to show you.

 

 

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18 Responses to The Tuesday View, April.

  1. Sally says:

    Your garden is beautiful! Spring in all it’s glory…….so much color. It’s a preview of coming garden attractions here in Massachusetts! Heuchera is such a wonderful addition to any garden. I need a few more! (haha) Your project reminded me the garden under my diningroom windows needs to be dug out. ….it’s so easy to put off….for a few years!

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Sally, we had a mild winter so I think the garden is a bit ahead of itself this year. I don’t think the rockery has been weeded properly for a couple of years so an overhaul was certainly overdue, it should look a lot better when it is all done.

  2. rusty duck says:

    It’s a lovely part of the garden Pauline.

  3. snowbird says:

    Just love your rockery, filled with so much colour already. Gorgeous! Ivy is the bane of my life, that and ground alder!xxx

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Dina, I think rockeries should be colourful in the spring, but the rest of the year is a problem for me. Hopefully this year I will find some answers. The other bane of my life is bindweed!

  4. Frank says:

    The view is beautiful, I’ll take your word it needs weeding since I would have never guessed.
    There’s so much spring color all over, you’ve done such a good job painting the picture.

    • Pauline says:

      I wasn’t going to show you a close up of the weeds Frank, but believe me, they are there! Keeping the colour going over the summer months is going to be harder than springtime.

  5. Denise says:

    Your rockery is lovely Pauline. I agree with you about Spring being the best/easiest time for colour in the rockery. I notice my rockery always looks a bit bare after midsummer. I look forward to seeing how you get round this, I know you will!

    • Pauline says:

      Oh dear Denise, I’ll have to get the books out and my thinking cap on! I already have some Colchicums planted in the rockery, they flower in the autumn, so there’s a start!

  6. Cathy says:

    Your rockery looks so lush and full of colour Pauline! A big contrast to mine. I have to cope with shade from conifers in winter and then burning sun and dry ground in summer, but it looks like you have more moisture. I shall enjoy seeing it progress! Thanks for joining in!

    • Pauline says:

      Parts of the rockery are always moist Cathy, because of the wall of the scree from when it was a pond built by the previous people. Any rainwater that runs down towards it can’t escape, so I already have astilbes in that area and will move a couple of small bog plants over here soon to join them..

  7. Caro says:

    I’m having the same thoughts about summer and autumn for the semi-shaded border in the middle garden here, Pauline. It’s been a complete joy in spring but I’ll have to watch carefully to see how it goes throughout the rest of the year. As usual, your garden is full of inspiration!

    • Pauline says:

      I’m thinking Osteospermum, Anthemis and Sedum would be ok in the sunny bit Caro, I don’t want anything too tall in that area, they should all flower for a nice long time. I’m sure I can find more inspiration in one of Bath Chatto’s many books!

  8. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Stunning views of your spectacular spring garden! I look forward to watching it change through the year.

  9. Julieanne says:

    I love your rockery. So much colour and interest. There is a small alpine Aster that flowers in autumn, that might suit your rockery?

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